Liskeard  Cornwall


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Liskeard like this:

Liskeard, mun. bor., market town, par., and township, Cornwall, 15 miles SW. of Launceston and 265 miles SW. of London - par., 8223 ac., pop. 5534; township, 7422 ac., pop. 1481; bor., 2799 ac., pop. 4536; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Liskerrett was the ancient name of the town, which is one of the oldest in Cornwall, having been a coinage or stannary town. ...

As early as 1250 it was made a free borough. In 1643 the place was the scene of a defeat of the Parliamentarians by the Loyalists. The town is irregularly built on steep hills, and its trade is almost wholly associated with the large mining interests of the surrounding locality. Tanning and ironfounding are likewise carried on. Liskeard returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

Liskeard through time

Liskeard is now part of Caradon district. Click here for graphs and data of how Caradon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Liskeard itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Liskeard, in Caradon and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th May 2022

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